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Increasing children's fruit and vegetable consumption: a peer-modelling and rewards-based intervention.
Eur J Clin Nutr. 2004 Dec; 58(12):1649-60.EJ

Abstract

OBJECTIVE

To evaluate a peer-modelling and rewards-based intervention designed to increase children's fruit and vegetable consumption.

DESIGN

Over a 5-month period, children in an experimental and a control school were presented with fruit and vegetables at lunchtime. Children aged 5-7 y also received fruit at snacktime (mid-morning). The intervention was implemented in the experimental school and levels of fruit and vegetable consumption were measured at baseline, intervention and at 4-month follow-up.

SETTING

Two inner-city London primary schools.

SUBJECTS

In total, 749 children aged 5-11 y.

INTERVENTION

Over 16 days children watched video adventures featuring heroic peers (the Food Dudes) who enjoy eating fruit and vegetables, and received small rewards for eating these foods themselves. After 16 days there were no videos and the rewards became more intermittent.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES

Consumption was measured (i) at lunchtime using a five-point observation scale; (ii) at snacktime using a weighed measure; (iii) at home using parental recall.

RESULTS

Compared to the control school, lunchtime consumption in the experimental school was substantially higher at intervention and follow-up than baseline (P<0.001), while snacktime consumption was higher at intervention than baseline (P<0.001). The lunchtime data showed particularly large increases among those who initially ate very little. There were also significant increases in fruit and vegetable consumption at home (P<0.05).

CONCLUSIONS

The intervention was effective in bringing about substantial increases in children's consumption of fruit and vegetables.

Authors+Show Affiliations

School of Psychology, University of Wales, Bangor, UK.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

15252421

Citation

Horne, P J., et al. "Increasing Children's Fruit and Vegetable Consumption: a Peer-modelling and Rewards-based Intervention." European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, vol. 58, no. 12, 2004, pp. 1649-60.
Horne PJ, Tapper K, Lowe CF, et al. Increasing children's fruit and vegetable consumption: a peer-modelling and rewards-based intervention. Eur J Clin Nutr. 2004;58(12):1649-60.
Horne, P. J., Tapper, K., Lowe, C. F., Hardman, C. A., Jackson, M. C., & Woolner, J. (2004). Increasing children's fruit and vegetable consumption: a peer-modelling and rewards-based intervention. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 58(12), 1649-60.
Horne PJ, et al. Increasing Children's Fruit and Vegetable Consumption: a Peer-modelling and Rewards-based Intervention. Eur J Clin Nutr. 2004;58(12):1649-60. PubMed PMID: 15252421.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Increasing children's fruit and vegetable consumption: a peer-modelling and rewards-based intervention. AU - Horne,P J, AU - Tapper,K, AU - Lowe,C F, AU - Hardman,C A, AU - Jackson,M C, AU - Woolner,J, PY - 2004/7/15/pubmed PY - 2005/3/11/medline PY - 2004/7/15/entrez SP - 1649 EP - 60 JF - European journal of clinical nutrition JO - Eur J Clin Nutr VL - 58 IS - 12 N2 - OBJECTIVE: To evaluate a peer-modelling and rewards-based intervention designed to increase children's fruit and vegetable consumption. DESIGN: Over a 5-month period, children in an experimental and a control school were presented with fruit and vegetables at lunchtime. Children aged 5-7 y also received fruit at snacktime (mid-morning). The intervention was implemented in the experimental school and levels of fruit and vegetable consumption were measured at baseline, intervention and at 4-month follow-up. SETTING: Two inner-city London primary schools. SUBJECTS: In total, 749 children aged 5-11 y. INTERVENTION: Over 16 days children watched video adventures featuring heroic peers (the Food Dudes) who enjoy eating fruit and vegetables, and received small rewards for eating these foods themselves. After 16 days there were no videos and the rewards became more intermittent. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Consumption was measured (i) at lunchtime using a five-point observation scale; (ii) at snacktime using a weighed measure; (iii) at home using parental recall. RESULTS: Compared to the control school, lunchtime consumption in the experimental school was substantially higher at intervention and follow-up than baseline (P<0.001), while snacktime consumption was higher at intervention than baseline (P<0.001). The lunchtime data showed particularly large increases among those who initially ate very little. There were also significant increases in fruit and vegetable consumption at home (P<0.05). CONCLUSIONS: The intervention was effective in bringing about substantial increases in children's consumption of fruit and vegetables. SN - 0954-3007 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/15252421/Increasing_children's_fruit_and_vegetable_consumption:_a_peer_modelling_and_rewards_based_intervention_ L2 - https://doi.org/10.1038/sj.ejcn.1602024 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -